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Glenn Bangs is hosting a weekend getaway
in Jacksonville, FL
April 17-19th, 2015

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Spring Reunion 2007 shown at left.
Last Updated: February 24, 2015
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Charlie Harris

passed away
November 22, 2014

See Condolences

Charlie Harris     The Harris Family   
The Harris Family - Charlie, John, Ro & Steve

Upcoming Events:

Spring Break Reunion
April 17-19, 2015
Jacksonville, FL

Motorcycle Poker Run
May 30, 2015
Fayetteville, NC
(more details to come)

2015 Reunion
December 2015
Fayetteville, NC
(more details to come)

Be sure to read the latest issue of The Glide Path,
the quarterly newsletter of
the USAPT.

It is an excellent source of news from the Team.

Issue 2015-Q1
  News for and about Alumni of the Golden Knights

April 2015 Spring Fling
Spring Reunion 2007 Glenn Bangs is hosting a Spring Fling Reunion the weekend of April 17-19, 2015

His address is
12018 Ambrosia Ct
Jacksonville, Fl 32223

RSVP as soon as possible to
Also, let him know if you are interested in playing golf on Saturday the 18th.

He has arranged for special room rates at the
Holiday Inn Express
11262 Old St Augustine Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32257
Phone number: 904.899.9000

Call by April 3rd, and mention the "Golden Knight Spring Fling" when making your reservation.
The hotel is about 5 minutes from Glenn's home.

October 2014 Congratulations Chris and Jerry
Chris Needels
Chris Needels
Jerry Bourquin
Jerry Bourquin

Former Golder Knights, Chris Needels and Jerry Bourquin were inducted into the National Skydiving Museum's Hall of Fame on October 11, 2014 in Fayetteville, NC. The event also paid tribute to the Golden Knights as a unit.

To learn more about Jerry Bourquin, click here.
To learn more about Chris Needels, click here.

October 2014 National Skydiving Museum Hall of Fame Honors Golden Knights
National Skydiving Museum
  The Golden Knights, Chris Needels and Jerry Bourquin will be honored at this year's Hall of Fame Induction and Tribute event in Fayetteville/Raeford the weekend of October 9-12, 2014.

The weekend includes activities of all types, including wind tunnel time, golfing, competitions, receptions, and much more.

Click here to read all the details.
To register, click here.

Events of all types are planned during this special occasion.

May 2014 2014 Poker Run
Poker Run The Golden Knights Alumni Association is sponsoring the Second Annual Poker Run as a fundraiser. We welcome all bikers.

Date: May 10, 2014.
Starting at the Speakeasy, 3983 Sycamore Dairy Rd, Fayetteville, the first bike goes out at 11:00am. The last bike in will be by 5:00pm.

The entry fee is $25.00 and includes an event t-shirt. Registration starts at 9am. There are many great prizes. There will be free music, a 50-50 raffle, door prizes and great food!

April 2014 Spring Break
Reunion 2011 Steve & Mary Beth Salisbury
will host this year's
Spring Break Mini Reunion

Click here for all the details.

Reunion 2013 Joe Kittinger is Keynote Speaker
Joe Kittinger

Joe Kittinger, who in 2011 spoke about his record-setting jumps in the early 1960s, will be this year's keynote speaker.

This time he will focus on Felix Baumgartner & the Red Bull Stratos team. Kittinger was an advisor on Baumgartner's record-breaking jump earlier this year.

  News for and about Active Team Members

2015 - Q1 Glide Path
  Be sure to read the latest issue of The Glide Path,the quarterly newsletter of the USAPT.

It is an excellent source of news from the Team.
There are lots of pictures from our successes in competitions, and much more.

Issue 2015-Q1

July 2014 Change of Command

You are invited to welcome the new Team Commander, LTC Matthew J Weinrich
Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014. 
Time: 10:00a
Location: Hanger BLDG R-3065

Click here for directions.

We wish departing commander Enrique Melendez and his family success and happiness in the future.

November 2013 Official Graduation for Newbies
The Graduation for the newest members to join the Golden Knights family will take place Wednesday, November 13, 2015 at 1000 hrs.

The ceremony will be at the Laurinburg-Maxton location. Come on out and meet the newbies.

2013 New Team Web Address
  Find News, Blogs, Calendars, Team Biographies, and more at the new online home of the Golden Knights:

  Our Sincerest Condolences to the Family and Friends of the Following:
Please share memories of your time on the Team with these and other Teammates,
so we can update their profiles.
   Click to share your comments.

November, 2014 Charlie Harris  
Charlie Harris Charlie Harris passed away on November 22, 2014.
Sign the on-line guestbook.

Memorial donations
may be made to the
Golden Knights Alumni Association
PO Box 42401
Fayetteville, NC 28309

Charlie served 2 tours with the Team:
1964-1968 and 1969-1973.
He contributed to more than 50 world records.

The Harris Family
The Harris Family - Charlie, John, Ro & Steve

November, 2014 Oliver "Al" Fitzwater  
Al Fitzwater

Oliver "Al" Fitzwater died on November 3, 2014

Funeral Services:
DO McCombs & Sons
8325 Covington Road
Ft Wayne, IN
Viewing: 1-4p and 6-8p, November 7, 2014
Service: 10a, November 8, 2014

Click here to see his obituary and to sign his memory book.

September, 2014 Mick Howard - Memorial  
Mick Howard

Tentatively, a memorial for Mick Howard is scheduled for the Labor Day weekend:

October 11, 2014

The Airborne and Special Operations Museum
100 Bragg Blvd
Fayetteville, NC 28301

July 22, 2014 Dee McDonald - Memorial  
Dee McDonald Dee McDonald, wife of Coy McDonald, will be interred at

Arlington National Cemetary on July 22, 2014 at 10:00am. 

Please arrive 30 minutes before the service, if you plan to attend.

June, 2014 Bobby " Spider" - Wrenn Ash Jump  
Spider Wrenn Spider Wrenn

Bobby "Spider" Wrenn
Spider Made His Final Jump
Friday, June 27, 2014 10:00am
Fort Bragg, NC, Parade Ground

June 15, 2014 John R Snyder  
John Snyder

John R Snyder, team mate from 1967-1969, died of a massive heart attack on June 15. 2014Read his obituary.

3-7p, June 19, 2014
Wood Funeral Home
900 West Wilson
Rushville, IL
Masonic Rites will be performed immediately after the visitation.

A Celebration of Life
11a, Friday, June 20, 2014
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
390 N Liberty
Rushville, IL 62681

Immediately after the service
Rushville City Cemetary, IL

June 4, 2014 Michael "Mick" Howard  
Mick Howard

Mick Howard passed away June 4, 2014 after a short battle with cancer.

No memorial details have been annouced at this time.

 Mick Howard
Mick Howard

April 9, 2014 Bobby " Spider" Wrenn  
Spider Wrenn

A Legend Passes and Heaven Wept

With great sadness, we report that Golden Knight Extraordinaire, Bobby "Spider" Wrenn, passed away on April 9, 2014, after a short bout with cancer.

On Monday, April 14, 2014, a full house celebrated Bobby's life at Lagrange Park Baptist Church.  Many fond memories were shared, as the rain fell outside.

The arrangements for Bobby "Spider" Wrenn are as follows:

There will be a Memorial Service at the on Monday, 14 April 2014.
Lagrange Park Baptist Church
7502 Ascot Ave
Fayetteville, NC 28303

Visitation from 1 PM to 1:45 PM (1300 to 1345).

Memorial Service from 2 PM to 3 PM (1400 to 1500)
As you may expect this will probably be Standing Room only.

In lieu of flowers the Family would prefer you make donations to the
Golden Knights Alumni Association
PO Box 4201
Fayetteville, NC 28309

or to the La Grange Park Baptist Church at the address above.


April 2014 Dan Williams  - Ash Jump  
Bob McDonnell

Dan Williams, team member in the early 1970s, will make his final jump in April, 2014.
Please join Dan's family and friends for this special event.

April 23, 2014  (bad weather alternate date is the 24th)

Sky Dive City
Sky Dive Lane
Zephyrhills, FL (map)

8am - meet
8:30a - dirt dive
9:00a - take off

Contact::  Please contact him if you can attend
Dave Milsten (904-735-8340)


March 25, 2014 Dee McDonald  
Dee McDonald Sadly, Dee McDonald, wife of Coy McDonald, lost her battle with cancer.

Send Coy your message of support and sympathy.

Tangible expressions of sympathy are not expected, but are appreciated.
If you are so inclined, please make a donation in Dee's name to one of these groups:

Send a check to:
Golden Knights Alumni Association
PO Box 4201
Fayetteville, NC 28309

Donate online or send a check to:
National Skydiving Museum
5401 Southpoint Centre Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA 22407

900 West Wilson
  Goods & Services for Alumni, Military Personnel & Others

Ongoing Golden Knights Flags
To order a Golden Knights Commemorative Flag
Contact Tina at
or call 910-261-2077
The cost is $98.00 + shipping.

Bob McDermott proudly displays his at left.

Ongoing Memorial & Commemorative Stone Work with GK Designs
Roy Martin's Headstone

New Future Granite provided the stone base for the Memorial statue that rests in front of the Team headquarters.

 As part of their commitment to the Golden Knights, Byron and Betty Walters at New Future have established a database of designs that can be etched in the stone of your choice.  The designs include the Auls Head (Team Crest), Pocket Patch, skill badges and more. 

New Future Granite Company
1063 Old Middleton Road
Elberton, GA 30635-4571
706-283-8963 [w]
803-645-0054 [c]

Elberton, GA is arguably the "Granite Capital" of the US.  New Future Granite provides stone work for locations all over the states.  Lee Smith, who recently placed an order with them, says that after extensive research, he believes New Future Granite definitely offers the best price and quality.

Roy & Martha Martin's stone features the traditional elements, but also includes their photograph on one side, and significant achievements from Roy's military career on the reverse side.

Roy Martin's Headstone

Ongoing Discount to Military
  Lowes Home Improvement Centers offer a 10% discount to military personnel. Your Golden Knight ID card will also get you this discount.

Ongoing Want a Black TEAM Jacket?
  Order a Black Team Jacket directly from:
JEB Designs, ATTN: Greg Edge, PO Box 65149, Fayetteville, NC 28306,  910 423-7676. 

The cost is $140.00 + SH and includes the team embroidery on the back and personalized embroidery on the front.  The jackets are shipped directly to you.

Patches are not included. Order patches from the Golden Knights Store.
  News about this Web Site and Other Web Resources

April 2013 Photos from the 2013 Reunion
2013 Reunion Click Here to See the Photos from the 2013 Reunion

Please send us your photos. Click here to send us a message.

July 2013 New Videos in the Gallery
1972 Commercial
Check out the newly-added videos, including a 1972 commercial for the US Army and the 1964 Summer Sports Spectacular, both featuring the Golden Knights.

Visit the Gallery > Visual Media to see others.  More are coming.
1964 Sports Spectacular

June 2013 Search Our Assets
Search Looking for someone? Want to reconnect with a time or place?
Tired of scrolling through the Gallery?

Look for the magnifier and use the new Search feature to scroll through our thousands of Assets. Our Assets include photos, news clippings, letters & other documents, memorabilia, audio/visual content, and much more.

Use Wildcard to search multiple values, or mix and match your criteria.
You can also scan the entire site, using a Google search.

Look in the gray box for tips, examples and techniques to help you find what you are looking for.

May 2013 Vintage Postcards of Fort Bragg
Vintage Fort Bragg TheCumberland County Historical Society has compiled an extraordinary collection of photographs that spotlight early 20th century photographs from Fort Bragg.  Click here to see some that will be included in our historical pages. Vintage Fort Bragg

April 2013 - Ongoing New Reunion Photographs
1990s Reunion
Pictures from reunions beginning in the 1960s through this decade
have been added to the Gallery.
Click here to view the albums.

We'd love to add your collection to our albums.

Click here to send us your memories from past reunions.
2000-2008 Reunions

January 2013 The Big Picture 1961 Re-Discovered

Howard Sanborn

CPT James Perry introducing an
episode of
"The Big Picture"
which featured the recently-formed
United States Army Parachute Team

An early movie about the use of parachuting in the military, and the development of the USAPT
has recently resurfaced.

Produced by the US Army, circa 1961, this episode of "The Big Picture" is a real treasure.
It features the first commander of the USAPT, CPT James Perry, and footage of many of
our original teammates.

Click to view the video.

Click to view other feature films.

Ongoing Updating the Website with Your Photos and Information
We welcome your contributions and thank those who have already shared their mementos and memories. We have collected a wealth of new material.  It has taken more than 50 years to create this history.  It won't take that long to update the website, but it will take a significant effort.  Please be patient. Keep checking the site over the next months and see what's new. And keep sending in your material.
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